Democratic Vistas in the Old Dominion

Michael Dennis

in The New Economy and the Modern South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032917
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038407 | DOI:
Democratic Vistas in the Old Dominion

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Beyond the political maneuvering in Richmond, some Virginians kept alive the notion that government could play a positive role in resolving complex social problems. That belief was founded on an even more basic assumption: that social and economic injustice existed, one which mainstream media could not accept in the era of the NASDAQ miracle. The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) was only one of these groups, but its multi-issue focus made it a particularly prominent fixture on the landscape of progressive reform in Virginia. The VOP began to address the need for a multiracial movement focused on social democratic reform. It raised questions that Virginia business leaders and political elites preferred to ignore. Fostering collective possibilities, it sought to alleviate the sense of fragmentation that afflicted American society in the years after the activist 1960s.

Keywords: Virginia Organizing Project; social injustice; economic injustice; social democratic reform; fragmentation; multiracial movement

Chapter.  14121 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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